The darker side of Christmas...
December 8, 2005 8:04 PM   Subscribe

Who travels with St. Nicholas? Most of us didn't learn about Krampus in elementary school, but apparently Santa Claus doesn't just rely on positive reinforcement. Gather the kiddies around and teach them about the "Christmas Devil."
posted by Citizen Premier (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Huh, and I thought Krampus was made up for this comic
posted by KirTakat at 8:10 PM on December 8, 2005

Oh man, If I ever have kids...
posted by papakwanz at 8:13 PM on December 8, 2005

This year I'm going to be celebrating the winter solstice. I'm just going to delay it by 4 days and call it Christmas, to promote social integration.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 9:03 PM on December 8, 2005

He was the star of last year's Venture Brothers Christmas Special.

He ends up violently dry-humping Dr. Venture to much funny.
posted by blasdelf at 9:52 PM on December 8, 2005

Whenever compelled to exchange gifts in December, I use home-printed Krampus wrapping paper. I think I used this image last year.

Works nicely for a June birthday, too. Or a September wedding shower.
posted by gramschmidt at 10:58 PM on December 8, 2005

Will Ben & Jerry's create a flavor for him? They did for Festivus.

posted by brujita at 11:23 PM on December 8, 2005

Oh, did I forget to mention the fucking?

In exactly two weeks, I'm driving aimlessly around Eastern Europe (Starting in Amsterdam, NYE in Istanbul, early January in Milan, and wherever in between) as part of my annual "Let's go someplace I've never been for two weeks and see what happens" trip.

And if I have to wear a Krampus mask to take the pants off a nubile Eastern European gal, then god dammit that's what I have to do.
posted by quite unimportant at 2:11 AM on December 9, 2005

The only informative page linked in this FPP is the page. The story told, however, is a not quite accurate and it even starts out dead wrong.

I suppose to many, the story behind Nikolaus and Krampus with their Krampuskränzchen and Krampuslauf, etc, is secondary - it's more the adrenaline boosting sting from that cow tail reaching for your bones as the masked stranger in goat fur, claws and horns rambling gibberish while whipping the living daylights out of you, that's appealing.
posted by psychomedia at 2:21 AM on December 9, 2005

And if I have to wear a Krampus mask to take the pants off a nubile Eastern European gal.

(damnit. I LOLed.)

1) It will cost you a couple of grand - and that's for the mask alone.

2) It's been some time since the sweet smell of sweat and goat attracted, uhm, any woman I suppose.
posted by psychomedia at 2:27 AM on December 9, 2005

Of course, why bother trying to attract a woman when in Salzberg the mask apparently gives you a license to beat and/or abduct?
posted by rocketpup at 4:08 AM on December 9, 2005

Wow. I've got to go to Salzburg. That's twenty times better than halloween.

And I'm not sure how wrong or right "Christmas information" can be. Tradition evolves. As I've heard it, the Krampus tradition probably originally evolved from the practice of putting on masks to scare away demons.
posted by Citizen Premier at 6:32 AM on December 9, 2005

Wow. Best post evvvr. I had no clue.
posted by washburn at 5:41 PM on December 9, 2005

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